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Four decades have passed since construction started on the Burj El Murr. The 40-story tower remains unfinished, its completion interrupted by the Civil War. Designed as an office block, by the time its construction was halted in 1978 the structure's empty floors had become a warren of snipers' nests, with a panoptic view of more than 2 kilometers in every direction.Animator Lina Ghaibeh took the building as the subject of her 2013 short film "Burj El Murr: Tower of Bitterness," which envisaged the structure as the setting for a sequence of surreal events based on long-forgotten memories.Forty years after its inception, the unfinished tower once again finds itself aestheticized in "Burj El Murr," a 12-part steel installation by veteran Lebanese artist Ginane Makki Bacho, currently on show at Ayyam Gallery as part of a two-person exhibition entitled "Material Remains".Six columns of square holes pepper the front and back of the steel columns, while two bisect one of the narrow sides and a single line traverses the length of the other.
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